Both Scotland Yard and an amateur American sleuth are tracking a master criminal known as The Frog. This moniker refers to the bulging-eyed mask worn by the evildoer, and is reflected by ... See full summary »
Elfie von Kalckreuth,
The sister of a famous, but as yet uncaught, criminal named The Hexer is murdered. Inspector Higgins of Scotland Yard believes that The Hexer will surface to take his revenge on his ... See full summary »
Several employees on a nobleman's estate show up at a former abbey, reputed to be haunted, to search for a hidden treasure. Howver, a mysterious hooded figure begins killing off those who may have figured out where the treasure is hidden.
Franz Josef Gottlieb
A serial killer named The Shark is terrorizing London by killing his victims with a speargun and then, dressed in a scruba-diver's wetsuit, using the city's sewer tunnels to make his ... See full summary »
A strange, red circle appears on the neck of a man saved from the guillotine. What is its mysterious meaning? Tragically, it turns out to be something of a family curse, as each generation ... See full summary »
The Premiere Cut of the film featured a different, more extensive ending which was cut out in the theatrical version. This Original Ending was unseen until the 2004 DVD Release by Universum Film. See more »
Joachim Fuchsberger is protecting Brigitte Grothum from attempts on her life without knowing their cause
I've now seen enough of the Rialto-produced krimis based on Edgar Wallace stories, to conclude that they all are very likely to provide solid mystery entertainment, even the later ones done in color. There is something of an acting troupe, more or less, in the tradition of Ingmar Bergman or the early Warner Brothers, for that matter. One sees the same faces popping up in various roles, but there are also always some new faces.
Klaus Kinski appeared in about 18 of these Wallace or Wallace-inspired krimis from different producers. He can be counted on to spice up the proceedings. Joachim Fuchsberger is in over 12. Eddie Arendt (his birth name) appeared in about 20. Fritz Rasp, who had starred in some famous movies in the 1920s, is in maybe half a dozen. My numbers are approximate.
The music of these films is unique. The black and whites look as good as many a film noir, with a nice number of good shots. The mysteries are typically complex and do not give away the endings. I do not consider these krimis as film noirs but as mysteries into which some noir elements have filtered to good effect, enough so that noir fans often collect these films and enjoy them.
A notable performance, always interesting, in "The Strange Countess" is that of the countess herself, Lil Dagover, in movies since 1916! I think this was her only role in a Wallace krimi.
Basically you can't go wrong to watch one of this group of films. They're fresh 50 years later.
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